In a somewhat surprising development given its recent history, the Zimbabwean government has outlined plans for a $300 million ‘Disneyland’ style resort at Victoria Falls.
Speaking to the official news agency in the country New Ziana, tourism minister Walter Mzembi revealed a vision for a new resort filled with shopping malls, banks and exhibition and entertainment facilities.
The government of president Robert Mugabe, who was recently re-elected in controversial circumstances, has reserved 1,200 hectares of land close to Victoria Falls international airport with a view to beginning construction, Mzembi said.
Speaking at the UN World Tourism Organisation general assembly, which Victoria Falls is co-hosting with the town of Livingstone in neighbouring Zambia, Mzembi added: “We want to create a free zone with a banking centre where even people who do not necessarily live in Zimbabwe can open bank accounts.”
The government has plans to invest $150m in expanding the town’s airport to accommodate bigger aircraft, according to the report from Ziana.